Braces

Medical devices known as dental braces

can correct crooked and crowded teeth

Braces also have the power to align bite and correct jaw problems. Sometimes problems may exist in the mouth or jaw causing issues with eating, speaking properly, or with keeping your teeth healthy and clean. The technology of traditional braces continues to grow. Braces are sleeker, smaller, more aesthetically invisible and more comfortable than ever before.

Traditional braces consist of small metal brackets that are adhered to your teeth with a strong adhesive compound.

These metal brackets are then joined together by a thin metal wire. Other materials such as elastics may be used to help in treatment. There are two main types of orthodontic elastics: ligatures and inter-arch elastics (rubber bands). The elastics offer solutions to some treatments. They can be applied in number of configurations, but the most common is inter-arch (from the top to the bottom). Options for different elastic colors also exist to personalize your appliances appearance. Over the course of treatment the appliance will be adjusted periodically so constant pressure can continually straighten and align your teeth or jaw.

There are several clear bracket options that are more transparent or “white” that can be used instead of the shiny metal brackets that exist. Clear braces and traditional metal braces function in the same way but offer a solution to hid the protruding metal gear in the mouth. Below are a list of options Dr. Garlock offers his patients who desire a more hidden or transparent option of braces.

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Ceramic braces:

Ceramic braces are made of composite materials with varying levels of color and transparency. Ceramic braces mimic the color of your natural teeth so they are less noticeable than metal braces. This option appeals to those who wish to hide the fact that they are wearing braces but need traditional braces to accomplish their orthodontic goals.  Tooth colored wires are usually used in conjunction with the ceramic braces to provide maximum esthetics.

Lingual braces:

Lingual braces are metal braces which are attached to the back of the teeth. Although these braces are not transparent nor mimic the color of your teeth, they sit on the backside so they are not noticeable when speaking or smiling. This option is the only true invisible orthodontic option. In addition to being completely invisible, lingual brackets and wires are completely customized to your mouth, making treatment more predictable and faster.

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Invisalign:

Invisalign clear aligners are a set of clear, removable trays that are custom fitted to your teeth. These trays are not adhered to your teeth like traditional braces but are completely transparent in color. Invisalign does not correct teeth like traditional braces and only Dr. Garlock will be able to direct you in your decision that best fits your goals.

Oral Hygiene With Braces

Oral hygiene is an essential part of healthy living. It’s not brushing alone that result in better hygiene. Orthodontic treatment can help facilitate a health smile. If you have any questions about your current hygiene practices please ask us. When you visit Dr. Garlock at our dental office in Aurora, Colorado, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and quality orthodontic treatment.

Taking Care of Your Teeth

Thanks to better at-home care and in-office dental treatments, it is easier to have a healthier smile that lasts. Brushing, flossing and mouth wash are all healthy habits to get into. When braces are introduces brushing and flossing may be a little more difficult. We may recommend a Proxabrush. This instrument is a type of toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around the wires and brackets of your braces. The Proxabrush should be used gently to avoid damaging your braces. Also known as an interdental brush, disposable options are available wherever oral health products are sold. The interdental brushs will help you to clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums during your orthodontic treatment.

The most common treatable issue with teeth and gums is the build-up of plaque. Plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria, a combination of food particles and saliva, which forms on your teeth. Sugary food and starches are the most harmful because these products combine with bacteria to create acids that eat at your teeth and gums. Sugars aren’t the only enemy. Most all bacteria in plaque make acids that cause cavities. Plaque also leads to periodontal (gum) disease. This can become a serious disease that can stun your immune system making you more susceptible to other disease and illnesses. Gum disease will damage bone and destroy the tissues around your teeth if it’s not treated.

The best defense against plaque is to remove it before it has a chance to build up and cause problems. Brushing and flossing is the best at-home method to remove plaque. Brushing removes plaque from the large surfaces of the teeth and from just under the gums. Brushing alone can’t reach between every nook and cranny so flossing between your teeth can remove plaque brushing can’t reach. This is where a Proxabrush will come in handy when braces are in the way. If you’d like to learn more, stop by and visit Dr. Garlock in Aurora at our orthodontic office.